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Farmer fined for side-stepping rules to prevent Bovine TB spread

A Somerset farmer who moved cattle without first testing them for TB, a legal requirement to safeguard other herds from infection, has been ordered to pay over £5,000. On Wednesday … Continue reading

Poultry owners reminded to take ‘measures’ to reduce risk of spreading bird flu

The Heart of the South West Trading Standards Service is reminding all keepers of poultry that they are legally required to take measures to reduce the risk of bird flu … Continue reading

Farmers invited to a free wellbeing and mental health support webinar

Heart of the South West Trading Standards Service commissioned by Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay councils is holding the next in a series of webinars to promote Mental Health and … Continue reading

Avian Influenza Prevention Zone declared across Great Britain

Bird flu – Latest situation: Avian influenza prevention zone declared across Great Britain Poultry keepers must take action now to protect their flocks from bird flu this winter. From 5pm … Continue reading

Trading Standards wins national award for supporting farmers during pandemic

Trading Standards has been nationally acclaimed for a ground-breaking project which focuses on farmers’ mental health and strengthens links with rural communities. The Heart of the South West Trading Standards … Continue reading

Book now for free farmers’ wellbeing webinar

Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards is holding a webinar to promote wellbeing in the farming community on Thursday 22 July. The pandemic and Brexit have put huge pressure … Continue reading

Made in Devon will be at Devon County Show this year

Our Made in Devon team will be at Devon County Show on 2-4 July, with a stand in the Devon County Council area of the showground. We will be promoting … Continue reading

Farmer who caused lamb ‘unnecessary suffering’ given two year livestock ban

A North Devon farmer who pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a lamb has been banned from keeping cattle and sheep for two years. Andrew Conibear, 57, of Knapp … Continue reading